Fuge Froback: Plymouth Albion v Torquay Athletic – Saturday January 24th, 1959

September 7, 2023
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September 7, 2023 Albion
Due to the weather conditions during the week  Beacon Park had become unplayable, but thanks  to Plymouth Argaum  offering the use of their Ground at Estover, the Fixture was able to go ahead. 
Plymouth Albion played downhill in the first half on a surface of slippery mud. Torquay had already defeated Albion at home two months prior, winning taking a 17-3 win. After seven minutes a Torquay kick went astray and Wevill started a dangerous run on the Albion left-wing which Stephens continued. He was tackled into touch just short of the visitors’ try line however. It was in the sixteenth minute that Torquay Wing Johnson scored a try having received a pass from Centre Pocock. Devon Wing Mike Wicks converted brilliantly, putting Torquay five points to the good. Within three minutes Albion were awarded a penalty which Bob Luffman converted.  Both Arthur Johnson and Frank Pocock were born in Plymouth , and Pocock had played the last four 1st XV
matches for Albion in the 1953-54 campaign, while a 17-year-old Student at St Boniface College. Thus, all the scoring in an unbelievably gruelling game came in the first nineteen minutes.
For the rest it was pugnacious slogging but how well Albion’s forwards stuck to it, changing over 5-3 down to face the full force of Torquay playing down the slope. Full Back Terry Williams and diminutive Fly-Half Peter Wevill, who were both outstanding, showed great defensive work, while Forwards Ray Ellis and Nick Southern fought like Tigers. Albion improved and stepped up the pace of the game , but they still could not find a counter to the stern Torquay defence. The 200 supporters who had journeyed from Plymouth and Torquay for this mud-lark had plenty to interest them in the second half as the Albion forwards heaved themselves out of the mud and gained bitterly- contested ground yard-by-yard. It was hard , grinding stuff- but a fair result.
Plymouth Albion:
1. T.Williams
2. R.Stephens.
3. R.Luffman.
4. G.Gooswell.
5. G.Dyer.
6. P.Weevil.
7. D.Sweet.
8. M.Tait.
9. MvGrath.
10. L.Bentley.
11. R.Ellis (Capt)
12. N.Southern.
13 P.Venn.
14. R.Bolt.
15. C.Cross.